HOMS, MAKE THE SMELL OF DEATH DISAPPEAR!

Occupied for several years by Islamist groups and the al-Nusra front, the martyr city of Homs (the 4th city of Syria) tries to rise from its ashes.

With the complete liberation of the city in May 2017, hundreds of Christian families, who had fled the fighting, began to return to their neighbourhoods and to their homes, now destroyed.

A tragic and devastating. sight faced the returnees as 3/4 of the city have been obliterated from the map, 2.200 are dead in oldest part of the city and the many Christians who lived there have fled, all afraid to return... everything needs to be reconstructed.

Benjamin Blanchard, director general of SOS Chrétiens d’Orient

If in France you suffer from the cold, you can imagine the plight of the poor Christians deprived of shelter in the wet winter of Syria. With a thermometer close to zero during the coldest hours, having a roof to shelter under and a stove to warm you up is a vital necessity. Our aim is to launch the first works here as soon as possible to ensure that Christian families spend this winter safe from the freezing temperatures of this season.

In the suburbs of the Christian neighbourhood el Hammidiyeh, there are no less than 25 houses that are to be rebuilt. The task is immense, but it is worth it: Christians are starting to return home! And they need your help!

Among the people affected by the destruction and difficulties, one testimony resonates in particular...

The first house visited by French volunteers based in Homs was the one of Elias, who lost everything. He waited for our young volunteers, patiently sitting at his table with a cup of coffee for each of them... the legendary generosity of Syrians!

Elias has been out of work since the beginning of the war but has always been independent. However, after the bombs, rockets, fires and repeated thefts by jihadist militias Elias has been left with only one cabinet and a few kitchen utensils. SOS Chrétiens d’Orient has already installed new doors in his home, fixed his windows and especially reinstalled the electricity so he can again light up his little house at night and can face the next winter in safe place, home again.

 

And then, there is Mrs. Zakieh! This old lady lives in the basement of a destroyed building. In her apartment, there's only one door remains standing, all the rest was ravaged by fire. After reinstalling the plumbing, our volunteers are waiting for new donations to install new doors and windows and to then renovate the walls of her apartment, which have been damaged and destroyed during the war years.

 

Since 2014, we have been working in Homs. In 2016, we created a permanent mission in the neighbourhoods released by the Syrian Arab army. Since then, our volunteers have been helping the local people in their daily lives, proving French language courses, coordinating food and equipment distributions, working on reconstruction projects, any calls for help, we don't miss! However, unfortunately, we are sorely lacking means to deal with the most important demands.

 

In the suburbs of the historically Christian neighbourhood of el Hammidiyeh, no less than 25 families ask us to rebuild their houses! Not to mention the families who need daily help to survive. Again, task that lies ahead is immense, but it is worth it as Christians are starting to return home! For these twenty-five dwellings we want to make them our priority. To enable us to do this, we need 140,000 dollars; the average amount to reconstruct each dwelling is 5,600 dollars.

 

For this project, we really need you! We are counting on your prayers and on your donations. Your support, however big or small, contributes actively to helping Christians in Syria.


According to your means, take part in the reconstruction of a house in el Hammidiyeh. Help Elias! And Mrs Zahieh and many more like them.

  • $107 to buy a window.
  • $119 to install a door.
  • $2.270 to finance the complete the renovation of one of the houses.
  • With $56 dollars, you can, for example, offer a fuel stove to a poor family so that they do not suffer from the cold
  • With $100 you can finance the purchase and installation of a window

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BECOME VOLUNTEER !

Volunteering is a commitment for a defined period. The volunteer is committed to a mission to serve others. To volunteer at SOS Chrétiens d’Orient you must:

- be older than 18 years old

- stay for a minimum for 1 month

- being in good physical shape

- have parental agreement for a possible departure

"I ask you to be revolutionary. Have the courage to go to counter-current. And also have the courage to be happy!" Pope Francis, July 28, speech to the volunteers of the WYD, Rio de Janeiro.

"I ask you to be revolutionaries. Have the courage to go against the grain. And have the courage to be happy!"

Pope Francis,

July 28, speech to WYD volunteers, Rio de Janeiro.